Monthly Archives: November 2012

UPS and TNT Express send their merger “remedies” paperwork to the European Commission

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United Parcel Service, Inc. (Atlanta and Louisville) and TNT Express N.V. (Hoofddorp) (TNT Airways) have announced, in line with Dutch disclosure requirements, that remedies have been submitted to obtain competition clearance from the European Commission (EC) for the acquisition of TNT Express by UPS. The offer of remedies does not change the terms and conditions of the Offer by UPS for TNT Express.

The proposed remedies aim to address the EC’s concerns regarding the competitive effects of the intended merger on the international express small package market in Europe. UPS and TNT Express continue to be fully committed to the merger and are working closely with the EC in order to gain competition clearance allowing completion of the transaction in early 2013. As part of the approval process, the EC will market-test the remedies on a confidential basis.

The proposed remedies comprise the sale of business activities and assets in combination with granting access to air capabilities. Eligible buyers of these activities will have to ensure the long-term viability of the divested activities and continuity of customer service.

No further details of the confidential discussions or proposed remedies will be revealed at this stage. The discussions are ongoing, which means that the offered remedies may be subject to change.

UPS and TNT Express believe their merger will help create a more efficient logistics market, thereby improving the competitiveness of Europe and the solutions offered to businesses and consumers. Customers and consumers will benefit from a broader portfolio of services and better global access, along with lower supply-chain costs overall and improved service levels in terms of timing and reliability.

UPS and TNT Express value their employees highly. Both UPS and TNT Express will follow the required consultation and advice procedures with their works councils with regard to these remedies.

In accordance with EU Merger Regulation, the timing of the remedies submission extends the EC’s review period by 15 business days to February 5, 2013.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. UPS’ Boeing 747-44AF N571UP (msn 35668) climbs away from Anchorage International Airport.

UPS-United Parcel Service: AG Slide Show

TNT Airways: AG Slide Show

JetBlue Airways arrives in Providence, Rhode Island

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JetBlue Airways (New York) yesterday (November 29) launched nonstop service between the Sunshine State of Florida and the carrier’s 75th destination: Providence, Rhode Island. The carrier now operates two daily flights from T.F. Green International Airport (PVD) to Orlando International Airport (MCO) and one daily flight to Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood International Airport (FLL).

Service between Providence and Florida will be operated on the value airline’s fleet of Airbus A320 aircraft, featuring many premium offerings, including a first checked bag free (b), assigned leather seating with legroom to spare, and more than 140 channels of complimentary live television and radio on personal seatback screens (c). The airline, well-known for its superior and personable customer service, also offers a free and unlimited assortment of name brand snacks and drinks for the ride.

JetBlue’s schedule between Providence and Orlando:

PVD to MCO: MCO to PVD:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
8:00 a.m. – 11:03 a.m.

3:15 p.m. – 6:17 p.m.

11:55 a.m. – 2:33 p.m.

5:40 p.m. – 8:18 p.m.

– Flights operate year round –

Customers traveling between Providence and Orlando can conveniently connect onwards to three other cities in JetBlue’s route network: Aguadilla, Puerto Rico; Montego Bay, Jamaica; or Nassau, The Bahamas.

JetBlue’s schedule between Providence and Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood:

PVD to FLL: FLL to PVD:
Depart – Arrive Depart – Arrive
4:30 p.m. – 7:44 p.m. 12:55 p.m. – 3:50 p.m.
– Flights operate year round –

 

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Airbus A320-232 N534JB (msn 1705) climbs away from the runway at Fort Lauderdale-Hollywood International Airport.

JetBlue Airways: AG Slide Show

Continental Airlines is cleared of any criminal responsibility in a French court for the July 25, 2000 Air France Concorde crash near Paris

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Continental Airlines (Houston) was cleared yesterday (November 29) of any criminal responsibility in a French court for the Concorde crash in Paris in 2000 that killed 113 people. The ruling absolves a Continental mechanic of involuntary manslaughter according to this report by Reuters. The mechanic had fashioned a non-standard titanium strip that fell off a Continental McDonnell Douglas DC-10 aircraft that fell onto the runway just before the Air France (Paris) Concorde attempted its ill-fated takeoff. Air France flight AF 4590 was scheduled to fly from Charles de Gaulle International Airport near Paris, to John F. Kennedy International Airport in New York City on July 25, 2000. Aerospatiale-BAC Concorde 101 F-BTSC (msn 203) crashed into a hotel in Gonesse, France. All 100 passengers and the nine crew members on board died in the fiery crash.

Today Continental Airlines is now part of United Continental Holdings.

Read the full article: CLICK HERE

Top Copyright Photo: Christian Volpati. Concorde 100 F-BTSC (msn 203) is pictured at Paris (CDG) in March 1976 in the original 1959 delivery color scheme. The airliner was originally leased by Air France from Aerospatiale on January 1, 1976 as the earlier model of the type. It was converted to a Concorde 101 in June 1980.

Air France: AG Slide Show

Continental Airlines: AG Slide Show

 

 

Shenzhen Airlines joins the Star Alliance today

Shenzhen Airlines (Shenzhen) today became the latest carrier to join the Star Alliance network. At a ceremony held at Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport, Mark Schwab, CEO Star Alliance, welcomed the airline into the family on behalf on the Alliance’s Chief Executive Board (CEB).

“Shenzhen Airlines is China’s fifth largest carrier and strengthens the Star Alliance presence in China and across Asia. Our customers now benefit from improved access throughout the economically important Pearl River Delta and across southern China. Shenzhen Airlines at the same time gains access to a global network with enhanced benefits for its passengers; truly a win-win situation,” said Mark Schwab.

Adding Shenzhen Airlines to the network is part of Star Alliance’s strategy of improving access to current and future growth markets, thus providing the international traveller with more destinations and flights. In the case of China, the foundation for this strategy was set many years ago, by those Star Alliance member carriers who have been successfully serving this market for several decades. In December 2007 the Alliance added China’s Flag carrier Air China to the network.

Feng Gang, the president of Shenzhen Airlines said: “Today is filled with joy for all of us at Shenzhen Airlines. After 16 months of integration work, we have become a Star Alliance member. We know that today no single airline alone can tend to the needs of the international traveler. By joining Star Alliance we can now offer our customers global reach, while at the same time placing Shenzhen firmly on the map of world-wide air travel. We are proud to proclaim that Shenzhen Airport, serving the 4th largest city in China, is now the newest Star Alliance Hub, from which we will make our mark not only in China, but across the Asia-Pacific region.”

Air China Chairman Wang Chengshun said: “As Shenzhen Airlines’ mentor, we are delighted to see that Shenzhen Airlines in the last 20 years has achieved substantial growth. We believe that Shenzhen Airlines will leverage alliance resources to improve its own competitiveness, and to realise its strategic target of being a large network carrier covering Asian and intercontinental destinations with its hub in Shenzhen”.

As a Star Alliance member, Shenzhen Airlines offers its customers access to a global network, along with seamless travel and enhanced frequent flyer benefits.

The airline adds some 400 daily flights to 70 destinations to the Star Alliance network. Among these are five new destinations in China: Juzhou (Zhejiang Province), Linyi, Qinhuangdao, Shijiazhuang, and Zhoushan. In addition to improving connectivity from its home base in Shenzhen, international passengers benefit from a wider choice of transfer flights in China when connection via the international airports in Beijing, Guangzhou and Shanghai – Pudong. As part of seamless travel customer promise, Shenzhen Airlines offers through check-in for passengers connecting to and from other Star Alliance member airlines flights. On a global basis, the 27 Star Alliance member carriers now offer more than 21,900 daily flights to 1,329 destinations in 194 countries.

Copyright Photo: Ivan K. Nishimura/Blue Wave Group. Brand new Boeing 737-87L B-5671 (msn 39153) passes through Honolulu on delivery.

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Air Canada plans a major Asian expansion this coming summer

Air Canada (Montreal) is launching a new nonstop route between Toronto (Pearson) and Seoul (Incheon), starting service to Istanbul subject to government approval, adding seven weekly departures to Beijing from Toronto and Vancouver , and upgrading its Calgary-Tokyo Narita route to provide daily service.

Highlights of Air Canada’s 2013 summer schedule include:

  • Nonstop service to Istanbul beginning June 4 . Subject to government approval, Air Canada will begin flying three-times weekly, year-round to the historic city which also serves as a gateway to other destinations in Turkey , Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa . Flights will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft. It will be the only early evening departure from Toronto to Istanbul .
  • The launch on June 2 of a new Toronto-Seoul service operating three times a week, creating a fifth Asian destination from Air Canada’s Toronto hub. The year-round service, operated with a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft, will complement existing Vancouver to Seoul service by providing daily departures from Canada to Seoul .
  • An addition of three more weekly departures between Toronto and Beijing starting June 1 , bringing the total number of departures from Toronto to Beijing to ten a week. The flights will be operated with a Boeing 777-300 ER aircraft
  • Four additional departures each week between Vancouver and Beijing starting June 1 , for a total of 11 weekly departures, including a new late night flight timed to be convenient for business travellers. The flights will be operated with a Boeing 767-300 ER aircraft.
  • The upgrading of our Calgary-Tokyo Narita service starting May 1 to offer daily departures, up from five a week last summer. The flights are operated with a Boeing 767-300 ER.

Copyright Photo: Michael B. Ing. Boeing 777-333 ER C-FIVM (msn 35251) approaches Tokyo (Narita) for landing.

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QANTAS to deploy wide-body Airbus A330 on all weekday Sydney-Perth and Melbourne-Perth services

QANTAS Airways (Sydney) has announced it will deploy wide-body Airbus A330s on all weekday Sydney-Perth and Melbourne-Perth services as it continues to meet demand for business and premium travel on the routes.

QANTAS has added a ninth A330 flying on the domestic network. Airbus A330-202 VH-EBV (msn 1365) was accepted on November 23.

The airline has 30 wide-body aircraft operating on domestic routes in Australia, made up of Airbus A330s and Boeing 767-300s.

The new QANTAS A330-202 is configured with 36 seats in Business and 268 seats in Economy. Airbus has installed the latest Panasonic on-demand in-flight entertainment and laptop power in every seat.

By March, QANTAS will have refurbished 16 Boeing 767-300 aircraft with new interiors and individual inflight entertainment streamed direct to iPads in every seat.

In the past 12 months QANTAS has resumed services from Sydney to the Gold Coast, built new lounges at Gold Coast, Gladstone, Mackay, Emerald, Davenport and Rockhampton airport, commenced services to a number of new regional and Fly-In-Fly-Out destinations and introduced a number of new initiatives to improve customer experiences including free Wi-Fi at airports and dedicated premium boarding.

Copyright Photo: Olivier Gregoire. Airbus A330-202 F-WWKN (msn 1365) in the Oneworld motif at Toulouse became VH-EBV on the handover.

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Tiara Air Aruba arrives in Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood

Tiara Air Aruba (Aruba) yesterday (November 27) expanded to the United States with twice-weekly Boeing 737-300 jet service on the Maracaibo-Aruba-Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and return route.

Copyright Photo: Arnd Wolf. Formerly operated by United Airlines as N345UA and Gol Transportes Aereos as PR-GLE, Boeing 737-322 was delivered to Tiara Air Aruba as P4-TIW (msn 24249) on February 14, 2012. The jetliner is named “Arawak” after the Arawak indigenous people of the West Indies.

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Silver Airways to add two Florida routes in January

Silver Airways (Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood and Gainesville) has announced it will further boost its intra-Florida network in January 2013 with the launch of two new routes: Fort Lauderdale/Hollywood-Orlando and West Palm Beach-Tampa. Flights along the new routes are on sale now for service beginning on January 7, 2013. Schedules are as follows:

Fort Lauderdale (FLL) – Orlando (MCO) Orlando (MCO) – Fort Lauderdale (FLL)
DAY FLIGHT NO. DEPARTURE ARRIVAL DAY FLIGHT NO. DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
Mon-Sat 3991 7:30 am 8:35 am Mon-Sat 3991 9:05 am 10:10 am
Mon-Fri 3992 1:15 pm 2:20 pm Mon-Fri 3992 11:40 am 12:45 pm
Sun-Fri 3994 4:20 pm 5:25 pm Sun-Fri 3995 5:55 pm 7:00 pm
West Palm Beach (PBI) – Tampa (TPA) Tampa (TPA) – West Palm Beach (PBI)
DAY FLIGHT NO. DEPARTURE ARRIVAL DAY FLIGHT NO. DEPARTURE ARRIVAL
Mon-Sat 3993 11:35 am 12:35 pm Mon-Sat 3975 7:00 am 8:00 am
Sun-Fri 4002 6:20 pm 7:20 pm Sun-Fri 3980 1:35 pm 2:35 pm

Silver Airways will deploy its SAAB 340B turboprop aircraft on its new Florida routes. One of the most advanced turboprops operating today, the 34-seat Saab 340B is distinguished among the world’s most eco-friendly aircraft, burning 60% less fuel per hour than a 70-seat regional jet. Each Silver Airways Saab 340B is outfitted with plush leather seating, ample legroom, large and easily accessible overhead bins, personalized flight attendant service, on-board lavatories, and an active noise reduction system, delivering a superior in-flight experience.

Copyright Photo: Keith Burton. Ex-Mesaba SAAB 340B N413XJ (msn 413) arrives at Bangor, Maine for maintenance.

Florida and the Bahamas Route Map:

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Corsair International accepts its first Airbus A330-300

Corsair International (Paris-Orly) yesterday (November 27) took delivery of the first of two A330-300s ordered from Airbus. The aircraft was delivered at a special ceremony in Toulouse attended by Corsair Chairman, Pascal de Izaguirre.

This new A330-300 is part of TUI’s commitment to invest in today’s greenest aircraft and to strengthen services from  Paris across the Atlantic Ocean, to the French West Indies, Canada and West Africa  and to the Indian Ocean destinations The aircraft is the first to be delivered from the two  A330-300s ordered in December 2010. It will enter in commercial service by end of this month .

Copyright Photo: Eurospot. Airbus A330-343E F-WWCZ became F-HSKY (msn 1359) on the handover at Toulouse.

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US Airways retires the last Boeing 737-300 after 28 years

US Airways (Phoenix) quietly retired its last Boeing 737-300 on November 26 from revenue service. Aircraft 737-3B7 N530AU (msn 24412) operated flight US 1611 from Raleigh/Durham to the Charlotte hub ending 28 years of faithful service for the type with the company per Airliners.net. USAir was the launch customer of the 737-300 and received its first copy (N353AU, later registered as N374US) on November 28, 1984. N530AU was delivered new on June 26, 1989. N530AU was immediately ferried to Miami. US Airways still operates the Boeing 737-400.

Southwest Airlines currently still operates the Boeing 737-300 and is now likely to be the longest operator of the type when retired.

Top Copyright Photo: Bruce Drum. Boeing 737-3B7 N530AU (msn 24412) taxies to the runway at Charlotte.

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Bottom Copyright Photo: Keith Armes. Originally the Boeing 737-300 fleet wore the 1975 Allegheny Airlines livery. Boeing 737-3B7 N351AU (msn 22951) is pictured at Orlando, a popular destination for the new type in the early years. Later the type was relegated to shorter feeder routes.